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opponent for the run in. His chef-d'ouvre lately was his winning the Liverpool Trades' and Stand Cups for Mr. Ramsay, on Inheritor, at the July Meeting in 1837, and his performing the same office for Don John in the Three Hundred Guineas Stakes at the Newmarket First Spring The Messrs. Scott, we believe, are his first masters, the “Squire" having next preference. Of late he has been riding Lanercost and Haworth, with tolerable success, for a Mr. Ramshay, of Cumberland, and has occasionally mounted the green and yellow for Mr. Ramsay. Although he has ridden Derbys and St. Legers for the last fifteen years, he has never yet been transferred into the “
gallery of winners," although, if Hetman Platoff should continue all right, considering Kremlin's recent performances and Platoffs Liverpool running, we should not be at all surprised to see him win the Doncaster event with him next month.
Passing on, we come to Join HOLMES, who is a very nice jockey, and a determined punisher when needed. This latter quality he may have imbibed from General Chassé, whom he rode throughout the whole of his victorious though hard-fought career. As a rider he is not in very great repute, and lias the misfortune of being very deaf, a disadvantage certainly in receiving instructions before starting, although perhaps an acquisition in racing through the “ howling wilderness of humanity” that surround the cords. His principal employers are, Sir James Boswell, Mr. Powlett, and Mr. Jacques, for whom he has certainly won a good share of races-among other things, carrying off the Oaks for the second named Gentleman in 1837.
CARTWRIGHT is a very rising lad, and, with the exception perhaps of Lye and Templeman, wins as many races in the year as any of his brethren. He has ridden Bee's-wing, the mare of England, in all her triumphs, and will again shew we have no doubt, and before the end of the season, that “there's life in the old mare yet.” Mr. Orde, Mr. Ramsay, and Captain Fairlie are his regular masters ; and when he is not riding for them, he is sure of an engagement among the other Northern Sportsmen, with whom he is a general favorite. He has of late added the Curragh to his circuit, and rides many of the winning horses there. His weight is exceedingly light, not ordinarily exceeding
he can consequently bring himself with very little trouble to the Handicap weights. Added to a nice seat, he has a great deal of nerve and judgment, and will, no doubt, in a few years be “foremost
7 st. ;
among the best.”
CALLOWAY, although a clever, is by no means a popular jockey. In 1834 he won the St. Leger, but since then he has ridden comparatively little, Mr. Fowler being his principal employer. Of late, however, he has been brought into notice by Harkaway, whom he has handled remarkably well in all his English triumphs. His style of riding is neat, but by no means first-rate. His forte, however, seems to lie in heats, which he manages with great patience.
HESELTINE is at present only a young practitioner, and certainly so far rather a defective one : he appears, however, under great disadvantages, as he is too tall for a neat jockey, and, to obviate his length of leg, he invariably rides with his knees almost touching the pommel
. We must, however, do him the justice to say that he has generally
ridden Bolus and Slashing Harry very well, although he made a terrible exhibition of bad judgment in riding the latter against William Scott and Cardinal Puff for the Liverpool St. Leger two years ago.
Marlow, although nothing very " flash," is a very fair jockey, and has ridden with very great success for Alderman Copeland. His principal performance was his winning the Chester Trades' Cup in 1838 for the Alderman on King Cole.
Morris Jones is as yet in no great repute, and has, in consequence of some dispute about Zillah's running for the Chester Cup, received his dismissal from Mr. Price's stable. It could not certainly be about the mare's defeat that Mr. P. took offence, as her recent performances shew that she was entitled to no other fate. He is a clever young jockey, and rides frequently for Lord Stanley in case of Lye being engaged elsewhere.
Nicholson rides very little now, and seems, like Nelson, to be going out of fashion. The latter, we believe, has given it up altogether, Edward Edwards taking his seat on Lord Kelburne's horses. The former still continues to ride for Mr. Blakelock, and consequently had the pleasure of cantering the St. Leger colt, The Commodore, in all his two-year-old engagements.
Francis is a very nice light weight, and shewed to great advantage lately upon Charles the Twelfth at Liverpool. By many he is considered the Prince of the Northern light weights, but is, in our opinion, by no means equal to young WHITEHOUSE. This latter jockey's riding is principally confined to Mr. Edmund Peel's horses, whose grey colt Saul he steered with great success last year.
MARson rides but seldom, and mostly successfully. His winnings this year have principally been on Antigua.
HENRY ARTHUR has not ridden lately, and when he did it was almost always only to mount Amurath, with whom he gained a fair share of victories.
One of the neatest young jocks, in our opinion, is WILLIAM Oates. Having only left the training-stables about two years, he has not as yet had much practice. Combined with a nice seat, he is evidently possessed of great coolness, and struggles well at the last. He rides principally for Mr. Attwood and Captain Wrather.
WETHERALL is a very middling hand, and, as we ourselves can testify from observation, threw away, by bad management, a very capital chance of winning when riding Lanercost for the last Liverpool Trades Cup.
EDGAR and Noble ride fairly, the former the better of the two: but they, like many other young jockeys, have fallen into the prevalent mistake of quitting the racing-stables too soon. Nothing can be more disadvantageous to a young man than such a proceeding, as three times out of four they leave the stables contrary to the wish of the trainers, and thus make enemies of those who otherwise might often have given them a leg on. They seem to think that in stables their candle is only “hid under a bushel,” and thus it is, from their over-eagerness to get on their own footing among their brethren, that they never get a standing amongst them, as few persons like to engage a young jockey for a permanency, and there are plenty of others more ex
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perienced to dispute the casual riding with them. Many a fine-talented young man has been spoiled this way; and, instead of being engaged by regular masters, he becomes a sort of hack jockey all his life.
Of a lack of young jockeys the Northern Turf has no reason to complain. Scott is bringing forward BIRBECK and a young son of Harry Edwards; and Dawson, Johnson, and Gill have got other" young ’uns” in training. We certainly wish from our hearts that they may rise to perfection, and that, like the Templemans, the Lyes, and the Edwardses of the present day, they may hereafter shine forth to the racing world as NORTHERN Lights.
COLONEL CHASSE. P. S. As a biographical sketch of William Scott has lately been given in this Magazine, we have not thought it necessary to speak of him here among his brethren.--C. C.
THESE Races, occupying three days, took place on the 9th, the 12th, and the 14th of August, and both in sport and “very good company” far exceeded any Meeting ever held on the Boulogne Downs. Both “horse and rider" seemed to vie with each other in their emulation to distinguish themselves ; the weather was delightfully fine, and the promenade between the heats on each day presented a gay assemblage of rank and fashion.
The gay scene opened with a Hurdle-race Sweepstakes of 100f. each, added to 500 given by the Town, 140lb. each, mile-and-a-half heats, four leaps ; and produced a fine race of four heats between three-Mr. M. Grieve's Swift (Owner) having bolted. The first heat was won by Sir R. Jephson's Surrey (T. Mason); the second by Count D’Hinnisdal's Old England (Sir č. Îbbetson); and the third and fourth by Mr. Burton's Falklandica.
For the Maiden Plate of 500f. for three-year-olds bred in the Department, with 20f. entrance, Count L. D’Herlen's Lady Emily, by Emilius (Yorke), came in first, but the rider of Mr. Palmer's Georgette, by Defence, having complained of a cross, evidence was produced on both sides, which, however, was so contradictory that the Stewards could come to no satisfactory conclusion, and finally decided that the Stake should be divided, and all bets off.
For the 2000f. Plate given by the Minister of Commerce for four-yearolds and upwards bred in the North of France, with an entrance of 100f. each, 50 ft., Mr. Palmer's Vendredi paid, and M. Aumont's Donna Maria walked over-of course performing the distance in the specified time.
Mr. Parker's Spider, by Emilius (Mr. M. Grieve), beat easily Mr. Lowe's Planteur, 12515. each, a Match for 2000f.
Sir R. Jephson's Cicero, by Emilius (Mason), beat Sir C. Ibbetson's Slashing Harry, by Reveller (Owner), 1351t, each, for 500f. each—well contested. And thus ended the first day.
There were three excellent races on the Monday :--the first, the Pas de Calais Stakes of 50f. each, with 1000f. added by the Town, for horses bred in the Pas de Calais—won by Mr. Palmer's Georgette, 3 yrs (Smith), beating at two heats Mr. Pogson's Font-de-Bauf, 6 yrs ; Count L. D’Herlen's Lady Emily (second in first heat), 3 yrs ; and Mr. M. Grieve's Caur-deLion, 6 yrs.- Four paid forfeit.
The Gold Cup Stakes of 200f. each, 50 ft., with 2500f. added by the Town, for horses of all countries, heats, a mile a half, produced the most
spirited contest of the Meeting between Mr. G. Edwards's Beggarman, 4 yrs, 10711 (C. Edwards), and M. Aumont's Mr. Waggs, 6 yrs, 11816. The first heat was won by Mr. Waggs, and the two last by Beggarman, each beating the other only by a neck.—Sir C. Ibbetson's Jeannette, 6 yrs, was drawn after the first heat, and Mr. Palmer's Mendicant paid forfeit.
The Steam Packet Stakes of 100f. cach, 20ft., with 1000f. given by the General and Commercial Steam Packet Company, for horses bonâ fide the property of residents in the Pas de Calais, tħe winner to be sold for 1500f. -Sir R. Jephson's Cicero, by Emilius, 6 yrs (Mr. Gale), won the first heat, after a severe contest, Mr. Parker's Spider, by Emilius, 6 yrs, second. Spider won the second heat, and Cicero the third, very strong running in both. Mr. Burton's Falklandica, 6 yrs, was third in the two first heats, and drawn ; and Mr. J. Riviere's Hazard, 6 yrs, fourth in the first heat, and drawn.-The pace was evidently too good for Mr. Fowell's La Petite Mouche, 5 yrs-proved by her being distanced.
Wednesday, August 14.- The sport opened to-day, as on the first, with a Hurdle-race Sweepstakes of 200f. cach, 50 ft., to which the Duke of Orleans added 1000f. ; heats, twice round, six leaps ; thorough-breds 716. extra ; for which the following came to the post :- Mr. Burton's Falklandica, thorough-bred (Mr. Gale), Count D'Hinnisdal's Old England, h. b. (Sir C. Ibbetson), and Mr. M. Grieve's Swift, h. b. (Mason). - In the first heat they all went off at score, taking their leaps admirably, Mr. Gale landing his horse first by a neck, Swift (the favorite) second. In the second heat, Mason's stirrup-leather and bridle broke, and he had a “great fall,” which, though happily without sustaining injury, threw him entirely out of the race ; and Mr. Gale, by his admirable riding, again landed his mare before Old England.
The Ladies' Plate of 1200f. by subscription of the townspeople, heats, twice round, was won by M. Aumont's Mr. Waggs (Yorke) beating easily Sir C. Ibbetson's Jeannette, who cried “enough” after the first trial, and Mr. Waggs walked over. Mr. G. Edwards's Beggarman and Mr. Palmer's Mendicant were drawn.
The King's Plate of 500f., with a subscription of 100 each, two miles and a half, four subs., was carried off very easily by Mr. Parker's Spider (C. Edwards) beating Sir R. Jephson's Cicero and Sir C. Ibbetson's Slashing Harry-Mr. Burton's Falklandica drawn.
The last race of the Meeting was a Handicap Sweepstakes of 50f. each, with 250 added by the Race Fund. It was well contested by Mr. Parker's Spider, 13316. (C. Edwards), and Sir R. Jephson's Cicero, 13316., the former
bearing the bell”—the following not placed : Sir C. Ibbetson's Jeannette, 14316.; Mr. M. Grieve's Swift, 13816. ; Mr. Leith's Harkaway, 1301b. ; and Mr. Saunders's Warwick Lad, 130lb.
THE BLOOMSBURY QUESTION.
RIDSDALE V. TIIE EARL OF LICHFIELD On the 22nd of August this important question was decided at Liverpool before Mr. Baron Maule and a Special Jury, the venue having been changed from York and London under an order of Mr. Baron Parke. Mr. Cresswell was leading Counsel for the plaintiff, and Mr. Serjeant Wilde for the Noble defendant. It is well known that Mr. Fulwar Craven objected to the pedigree of Bloomsbury after he had won the Derby, as did the Earl of Lichfield, previously to the running for the “ Ascot Derby Stakes," and that Sister to Hector was avowedly started for the Two Hundred Sovereigns Stakes “ to claim"-the objections being, that the entry of Bloomsbury in the Stud
Book and his nomination for the two Stakes at Ascot were at variance, and consequently that he was not, according with the Rules of the Jockey Club, entitled to the Stakes. Mr. Weatherby, keeper of the Match Book at Newmarket, was desired to withhold the Stakes, and actions were in consequence commenced against him by both parties for the recovery of the money ; but on an application by bim under the Interpleader Act, it was ordered that the matter should be litigated between the parties at these Assizes, and Mr. Ridsdale was constituted the plaintiff in both actions. The case attracted an unusual congregation of persons of all ranks immediately or remotely interested in the result, and at an early hour the Court was crowded to excess.
As soon as the Learned Baron had taken his seat, the case of “ Ridsdale v. Earl of Lichfield” was called on, and Mr. Martin, as Junior Counsel, opened the pleadings. The trial at issue set out that a colt, afterwards named Bloomsbury, was entered to run for two Stakes at Ascot by the description of “a colt by Mulatto out of Scroggins' dam.” A question had arisen whether this was a proper description ; upon this issue had been joined, and that was the question the Jury had to try.
To give the speeches of Counsel and the examinations and cross-examinations of witnesses at length would far exceed our limits : the leading features are all that we can make room for, and a brief epitome will put our readers in possession of the facts of the case perhaps more satisfactorily than a lengthened detail of forensic jargon and contradictory evidence.
It appeared that the horse Bloomsbury was the property of Mr. W. Ridsdale, brother to Mr. Robert Ridsdale, a well-known breeder and trainer of race-horses. He had stables at Merton, near York, where the horse was reared: he was foaled on the 3rd of March 1836: and in the fourth volume of the Stud Book, his dam, Arcot Lass (or Scroggins' dam), was described as having foaled a bay colt in 1836, by Tramp or Mulatto.' In July 1837, this colt was entered by Lord Chesterfield to run for the Ascot Derby and the Two Hundred Sovereigns in 1839, under the impression that he (Lord C.) had contracted for the purchase of the horse. In this nomination he was described as a colt by Mulatto out of Scroggins' dam.” It proved, however, that Mr. W. Ridsdale had the benefit of this nomination, and the horse accordingly ran for him in the Stakes in question. Previously to the race for the Ascot Derby the defendant made an objection to Bloomsbury on account of an alleged misdescription: nevertheless he ran and won both races, the defendant's horse The Corsair second. The matter was then referred to the Stewards of the Jockey Club; but before the decision was given, Lord Lichfield revoked his submission to their award, stating his intention to appeal to a Court of Law.
A host of witnesses were called to prove that Bloomsbury was by Mulatto alone; that Arcot Lass was solely covered by Mulatto in 1835; that Tramp was not on the premises, but was fetched away from Mr. Ridsdale's studfarm in the early part of that year; and that he was even incompetent in the preceding year (1834): therefore that the description given when the colt was entered for Ascot was strictly correct, and that recorded in the Stud Book was made in error, which mistake had been alluded to by both the Messrs. Ridsdale. It appeared too from the evidence of T. Taylor, studgroom to the Earl of Chesterfield at Wretby Park, that he was in the service of Mr. Ridsdale previously to 1834 and up to 1836 ; that Arcot Lass was served in the former year (1834) by both Velocipede and Tramp, but failed ; and that he (witness) kept a stallion-book, which, however, was destroyed in 1836, when Mr. R. Ridsdale became bankrupt. He (witness) also kept a book relating to Mr. Ridsdale’s brood mares, but he had burnt some leaves in 1836.
Mr. Serjeant Wilde, for the defence, said, the question was, not whether Bloomsbury was the offspring of Tramp or Mulatto, but whether Arcot Lass had been covered by Tramp. One of the Rules of the Jockey Club was,